Harvard-trained cardiologist accused of masterminding plot to torture his pregnant mistress and kill her baby appears stone-faced as he arrives at court
- Dr. Vignendra Ariyarajah appeared in court for a status hearing Thursday
- He kept his head and gaze down as he walked into Brooklyn Supreme Court
- It’s not clear what was discussed during the hearing
- The married Harvard-trained doctor has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter in the death of Paul Marie Raymond’s child
- In 2016 he allegedly hired two people to trap and torture his mistress Raymond, 30, who was seven months pregnant by another man
- They starved her, gave her water through a syringe, and induced Raymond with fentanyl and PCP to kill the baby
- In March the State Health department ordered him to stop practicing medicine
- He and his lawyer maintain his innocence in the case
A New York cardiologist who was accused of masterminding the murder of his mistress’ baby after she became pregnant by another man appeared stone-faced in court Thursday.
Dr. Vignendra Ariyarajah looked grim as he walked into Brooklyn Supreme Court on Thursday with his face downcast.
The married Harvard-trained doctor has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child in the grisly case.
He’s accused of hiring two people to hold his mistress Paul Marie Raymond, 30, against her will in her Brooklyn home in 2016 and torture her for days while she was seven months pregnant.
He appeared in court for a status hearing in the case, flanked by his attorneys maintaining his innocence.
Dr Vignendra Ariyarajah looked serious and grim as he appeared in Brooklyn Supreme Court for a status hearing on Thursday
Dressed in a brown suit and pink button down shirt and tie he kept his eyes glued to the ground as he followed his attorneys through the courthouse
The married Harvard-trained doctor has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and assault in death of his mistress Paul Marie Raymond’s child
Pictured above entering court for the status hearing
‘Dr. Ariyarajah maintains his innocence in this matter. We look forward to a trial where we are confident Dr. Ariyarajah will be fully vindicated and his outstanding reputation will be restored,’ his attorney Matthew D. Myers tells DailyMail.com.
Ariyarajah was arrested on February 11 and charged after one of his co-conspirators began cooperating with authorities.
He’s accused of hiring two people to trap his pregnant mistress Paul Marie Raymond, 30, (above) and induce her into labor to kill her child, because she got pregnant by a different man
In March he pleaded not guilty. He was released free on bail but was fitted with an ankle bracelet as a part of his $750,000 bail package and continued to see patients.
In late March the state Health department ordered him to stop practicing medicine as he awaits trial.
Paul Marie Raymond was starved, fed little water, and given drugs fentanyl and PCP to induce birth and kill her child in the twisted plot, allegedly devised by Ariyarajah.
The co-conspirators, a man and a woman, allegedly starved Raymond and gave her water only through a syringe on Ariyarajah’s instructions.
Sources said they induced Raymond, who was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, with fentanyl and PCP in their efforts to kill the baby boy.
Meanwhile, Ariyarajah and his wife were on a ski vacation in Montana, according to the New York Post.
Raymond suffered through a prolonged labor for four days before the baby was born alive on December 24, 2016.
The boy died hours later of an infection and lack of medical intervention, according to the autopsy report.
Ariyarajah allegedly hired two people to trap his mistress Paul Marie Raymond, 30, and torture her for days. Ariyarajah and Raymond, who met at work, are pictured here in an undated photo
The child tested positive for both fentanyl and PCP.
Authorities believe that Ariyarajah was in contact with his co-conspirators throughout the horrific ordeal and instructed them to administer the drugs.
He also allegedly told the pair not to give Raymond ‘any food and to only administer juice or water through a syringe’.
On the night before her child died, Raymond briefly managed to flee the apartment.
Raymond had chemical burns to her face and torn-off fingernails. There were also marks to her arms and legs suggesting she had been bound by a kind of rope or cord.
Authorities said that Ariyarajah, who was born in Malayasia and completed a fellowship at Harvard, first met Raymond when she began working for him at a MedCare Consultant Multi-Specialty Clinic.
The cardiologist, who supported Raymond financially, was allegedly very controlling.
When she left and became pregnant by another man, Ariyarajah pressured her to leave him, a law enforcement source told the Post.
His lawyer claims that the surgeon never had a romantic relationship with Raymond.
Ariyarajah and his wife were on a ski vacation in Montana while his mistress was attacked, according to law enforcement sources. Pictured above at a prior court date
Authorities said Ariyarajah, who was born in Malayasia and completed a fellowship at Harvard, first met Raymond when she began working for him at a MedCare Consultant Multi-Specialty Clinic in New York
The cardiologist, who supported Raymond financially, was allegedly very controlling. He is pictured here with former Vice President Joe Biden in an undated photo
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